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Midnight Angel - Melanesia


Dwarf Angels
Midnight Angel - Melanesia
Centropyge nox
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Widespread throughout the Western Pacific, ranging from southern Japan and Micronesia to northern Australia and Coral Sea. Occurs from coastal reef slopes to steep outer reef walls in sessile invertebrate habitats mixed with algae. Often in large caves but may venture out on rubble seabeds with coralline algae growth in small loose groups. Quickly retreats to cover when approached. Occurs at depths to at least 70m, but more common at the 20m level, rarely shallower. Readily identified by its almost completely black colour, and in large adults it has a yellowish blotch behind the end of the gill cover. This angelfish remains near its shelter and quickly retires to the crevices when threatened. A rather shy and secretive species. Length to 9cm.

They are commonly referred to as pygmy angelfishes, due to their generally much smaller size than other angelfish genera. The species are variably distributed in tropical and subtropical seas of the world. Few have large geographical distributions and some are endemic to tiny oceanic outposts, an island , or small island group. They occur on algal-rocky and coral reefs, and most species live in shallow waters at depths to about 15m,  but some range to 70m or more, and a few inhabit only depths of more than 50m. Pygmy angelfishes are quick-darting and often shy species that hug the substrates with tunnels and crevices, ready to disappear and appear again several metres away.

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